- Dell inspiron 531S
- Windows XP Home SP3
- internal hard drive: WD 160GB (82% free space, 7% fragmented)
- external hard drive: Toshiba 320GB formatted with three logical drives (not partitions) - (ranging from 65% to 97% free space, <2% fragmented on all but the drive used for backup archives)
I perform most of the tasks included in the pinned topic about slow computers on a regular basis.
There are five user accounts and six users on this machine. All maintenance duties fall on me. I am diligent in keeping programs updated and performing security scans. The information detailed below does not make logical sense to me.
My user account has the most startup programs, desktop icons, system tray entries, and programs limited to an individual account of any of the user accounts on this machine. I routinely monitor startup programs and use Ccleaner on every account on an individual basis. Additionally I examine the individual accounts for unneeded temporary files and other junk which may be missed by Ccleaner. I generally find none.
I don't know if this is relevant or not. I am the only user who uses Firefox. All others have IE as their default browser.
All this leads me to believe that my user account should be the slowest to load to a completely functional form. Quite the contrary is true. All the other accounts are slower than mine. Some of them take three to four times as long to load. This is true on both a cold boot and switching user accounts. All users log off and on using the conventional method of: Press start, press log off, ... --- you know the drill. Any attempt to use Win+L is even slower.
This machine employs a cherry-picked suite of individual third party security programs and utilities which include:
- Zone Alarm
- Malwarebytes (retail version) configured for real-time protection
- Super Anti-spyware (and some other anti-spyware programs)
- Secunia PSI
- Acronis True Image (with scheduled backup tasks)
Scans are scheduled where possible in free programs. All others are performed at least once each week. Problems are very rarely found. My HJT log reveals no problem areas aside from too many users and too much stuff (courtesy of too many users).
Without becoming involved in a thread which spans 50 posts or a major overhaul of the data and programs in this machine, is there an easy way to pinpoint why my account is the fastest and improve startup speed of the other accounts.
Thanks for your reply,
Edited by wkid, 20 November 2010 - 01:16 PM.